Welcome to “Calibration & Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing” a.k.a. the Ocean Optics Class. This is an intensive, four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography located at the University of Maine’s Ira C. Darling Marine Center. This class is a continuation of the Optical Oceanography course first offered at the Friday Harbor Laboratories in 1985 and more recently at the Darling Marine Center. Past graduates are many of today’s leaders in oceanography.
The major theme of the course is calibration and validation of ocean color remote sensing. The course will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of ocean optics and optical sensor technology that will enable them to make quality measurements, be able to assess the uncertainties associated with the measurements, and compare these data with remotely sensed ocean color measurements and derived products. The course is sponsored by NASA, WHOI OCB, EUMETSAT, and the University of Maine, with the goal of preparing a new generation of oceanographers trained in the use of optics to study the oceans.